April 2009 Archives

Five honors scholars from Penn State Brandywine presented their research at the Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society) conference held at Saint Joseph's University on April 17, 2009. View the slideshow to see their posters and other images from the conference.


Poster presentations included:

• Lisle, R.L., Guertin, L., Small-scale agriculture: how it functions, how it survives. Presented by undergraduate author Risa Stacey Lisle.

• Showalter, A., Collins, C., Pedraza-Rivera, P., Lafauci, J., Guertin, L., Gender terms for married couples on Cumberland Cemetery tombstones. Presented by undergraduate author A. Showalter.

• Pedraza-Rivera, P., Collins, C., Showalter, A., Lafauci, J., Guertin, L., Gender differences as perceived on Cumberland Cemetery tombstones. Presented by undergraduate authors C. Collins & P. Pedraza-Rivera.

• Bennett, A., Flying in a skirt: an examination of gender dynamics in comic books. Presented by undergraduate author Alexis Bennett.


Each semester, the honors scholars participate in National Honors Service Day. This spring, the group, under the leadership of first-year student Lauren Orner, the scholars decided they wanted to hold a volunteer event where the entire campus could participate. The scholars decided to pick up their scissors and cut coupons for a cause! The scholars adopted a U.S. Navy base in Ikego, Japan, that was requesting donations of manufacturer's coupons. From 11:30AM to 8:30PM,members of the campus and community came together to cut, sort, and add up all the coupons cut. The initial goal the scholars wanted to raise was $5,000. In the end, with the efforts of all involved, over $13,022 worth of coupons was shipped to the military service men and women and their families. Way to go, Lauren and all!

Socratic Symposium, Spring 2009

Each semester, honors scholars and their faculty research advisers gather together for the Socratic Symposium. The Symposium is an event that allows students to share the classwork and research in which they have been engaged. The Symposium celebrated the significant accomplishments of the Brandywine honors scholars for Spring 2009, including the National Collegiate Honors Council's Honors Service Day. Below are the titles of the honors option poster presentations at the Symposium.

• An Independent Study of Honors Concepts of Discrete Mathematics, Daniel Sprik, MATH 311M

• CRM Past, Present and Future, John Formento, MIS 204/SCM 200

• Robotics Lego NXT Mindstorm and MATLAB, Tuan Ngo and Qian Ye, E E 210

• Multiple Narratives of the Christiana Riots, Dana Gibson, ENGL 310H and AM ST 296

• International Business and the Australian Jewelry Industry, Diane Paolo, I B 303

• America's Middle Class, an Attack on the Heart, Christopher Collins, PL SC 496

• Using the Grid System to Document Smithsonian Dinosaur Type Specimens, Jennifer Choi,
EARTH 496

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